Most Kizomba songs are sung in Portuguese and like most RNB tracks they are about love, relationships, partying, break-ups and getting down.
Although I don’t understand the language, the rhythm and bass move me. I’ve found that understanding the lyrics at least has added value to my life.
I’ve had to use Google Translate to understand the songs that make us Kizomba, or Tarraxha.
Recently I was told, “If you knew what this guy was singing then you wouldn’t be here.” So this ‘2em1’ by Christian Lyd is that take-me-home kinda track. Think R.Kelly’s Your Body’s Calling, Feeling on Your Booty, 12 Play, Sex me, You Remind Me. Anyway…
The lyrics are channelling sexual healing and some are just awkward. Let’s take a look.
The first verse of 2em1 goes:
Sinto a tua respiração no meu peito
Mordo os teu lábios bem daquele jeito
Que te deixam doida sem resistir
E pronta para o que vem a seguir
Don’t try to sing it if you dunno the song – it will just sound stupid.
Roughly translated into my second language it goes:
I feel your breath on my chest
I bite your lips well like that.
That make you crazy without resisting
And ready for what comes next.
Now we’ve all been there and done that (Ohk not all of us, if there’s still virgins out here HOLLER) and as adults, I don’t need to explain more or do I? Wait it gets better.
No sofá quero amm, amm, amm
Quando me encostas amm, amm, amm
Sou amante e namorado como eu não há nenhum pra ti sou 2em1
Are you ready for this:
On the couch, I want amm, amm, amm
When you put me on amm, amm, amm
I’m a lover and boyfriend like I do not have any for you I’m 2em1.
Now I don’t necessarily agree with the amm amm translation, it’s more like ah ah ah, it will get you going ah ah ah if you know what I mean. But surely a boyfriend should be your lover. I mean why is he stating the obvious. Or wait a minute…
You don’t have to imagine the melody, get it on YouTube, this song is lit.
My point is… Now that I understand the lyrics, I know not to move on the dance floor at 100 miles per hour. Although you can step quickly to the beat, this song demands that you move methodically and sensually.
But some guys are lifting their partner off the ground with little restraint and no respect for the music. Anyway, that’s a topic for another day.
Understanding the lyrics is advantageous, to say the least, but not a necessity to dance.
Coisas Da Terra by Paulo Flores can get anyone jiving. It’s smooth, happy melody just does that. But once I Googled the lyrics I was like “wow”.
This song is from the heart and it speaks of the goodness of Angola and its people, humanity in fact. Delightful to say the least.
Then there’s this robust Salsa track Vivir Mi Vida by Mark Anthony. If ever there’s a song that I did not understand that makes me happy then it’s this.
The eclectic beats will get you in a party mood in no time. This song is a celebration of life, and we need it every day, a celebration that is.
In conclusion, it comes down to connection, it always does, and how that melody makes you feel, how you translate it on the dance floor because the power of a good song transcends language.